Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Rhododendron arboreum var. roseum
Pink flowered tree rhododendron
This rhododendron is sometimes listed as Rhododendron arboreum sbsp. cinnamomeum var. roseum. The species (R. arboreum) is widely distributed in the wild for example in China, India, Pakistan, Thailand. It typically forms a small tree of some 12m height, as in the Belfast Botanic Gardens where it can be seen in a prominent position on the grass to the right-hand end of the Palmhouse. It flowers early to mid-season (photos below taken in mid-April) with 15 to 20 bell shaped flowers in a cluster. The leaves are pointed in shape and have a thin dusting of brown hairs on the underside.
Rhododendron arboreum var. roseum in Belfast Botanic Gardens
R. arborum near Palm House
Leaves of Rhododendron arboreum
Bark of R. arboreum
Flowers of R. arboreum
Flower detail of R. arboreum var. roseum
Single flower of R. arboreum var. roseum
Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2007. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.
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